Dean Collins & Jewell McGowan Featured in the movie "Buck Privates"
Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.
~ Samuel Beckett
STICK 'EM UP!
YA ALL BETTER BE THERE FOR MY BIRTHDAY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH
It's February, must be B-Day time again! And if it's my b-day, it must be "Western Nite"! Ever since I got the outfit below at age four, I've loved the ol' West. Part of my family even came across the country in a covered wagon, so I guess I come by it honestly. I've always loved horseback riding, and when I was a kid, I could never decide which I wanted to be more, a cowgirl or an Indian, so I alternated regularly!
Join me in celebrating my birthday in your best vintage or vintage-inspired Western gear.
Featuring Lindy Hop Dancers Dean Collins, Jewel McGowan, Bob Ash and Elsie Parish
THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!
The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*
This week's Clip of the Week shows two of our favorite swing dancers: Dean Collins, Jewel McGowan as well as the wonderful Bob Ash and Elsie Parish
There also happens to be a pretty good singer in this clip.
There is ONE leader spot available for the March-April Master Track. Please let us know if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org!
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MAY-JUNE MASTER TRACK:
To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at email@example.com.
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!
HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
2007 WORKSHOP DATES
March 18 -Balboa
May 20 - Aerials
SSRC EVENT ~ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007
Downey Retirement Center
by Jessica Densmore
Thanks to Scott Giordano and John Apodaca this Event finally got from
planning stages into the facility. John's niece was enthusiastic
about getting us out there since before the holidays so Scott and John
made it happen with help from recruiting skills of Debbie Wastling and
others. The participants included:
John Apodaca, who also narrated
Teresa London, who also DJ'd
Tammy and Jerry Mancini
Norman, who also photographed
Tony Mercurio and his friend Marilyn
June from Manhattan Beach, a friend of Scott
Nolan, who heard of the Event via Joshua's website (I do not have
a last name but will forward to Joshua, and Joshua, thank you
for your help to recruit for our Event)
Residents and dancers were enthusiastic and this one is definitely
in the "let's do it again real soon" category!!!
Again my personal thanks as I was not able to plan or participate
in this Event - but know I was cheering from the invisible sidelines.
SSRC EVENT ~ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2007
Earlwood Care Center
by Jessica Densmore
This Event was done at the request of Activity Director Joy, who is
a real "hands on" worker for "her" patients. In communicating with
dancer, Jamie England, whose mom is a resident here, she found out
about the SSRC program. When we talked to set up date and time, she
said, "anytime you want to come down, any day, morning or afternoon,
we will make the room ready for you and I will be there". She was
there, moving patients, tables, bringing water...what a ball of fire!
We made sure that she got to dance with all of our men, after a quick
lesson in basics, of course - it was the loudest applause of the
afternoon, patients and their families, and personnel.
Jes (yep, she finally made it back) - "new" script, DJ
Debbie Wastling - narrator and roadie
Norman Kajikawa - photographer
Tammy and Jerry Mancini - you two are so cute...
Jeremy, Ryan and Kathleen - these three family members are the most loving and
enthusiastic people and perfect for this program - we hope
they join in often and bring more of their family members
and friends (as I know many of them have had lessons with
Linda and Tony Garcia - always a crowd pleaser with their special
dance displays, this one a sizzling nightclub two-step -
done to "Minnie the Moocher" brought in oohs and aahs from
the audience, including. employees who were peeking in.
June from Manhattan Beach, a friend of Scott's, who just loves to
dance...and it shows!
Tony Mercurio and his friend Marilyn, caught on the 91 Freeway who
arrived just in time for the jazzy "Riff" number, so perfect
for their style - we know he made this entrance on purpose!
Jamie England, last but not least, whose mom Marie finally got to
see her "favorite son" dance -
Our favorite moment? A somewhat surly-looking gent in a wheelchair
who started moving to the music - when questioned about his obvious
love for the music and dance, he was able to talk with difficulty
and said he was a swing dancer. We brought him to the "stage" and
he led several of the ladies during the Boogie Woogie number.
Another gent had the same story, though not able to talk as well,
did also lead a lady for a short time. These are the moments we
aim for in this program and the process is simple...show up...
dance...and watch what can happen.
Also, personal apologies to some of the dancers, esp. Linda & Tony,
for not sending them in more often - I am a little out of practice,
but wait until next time!
Thanks again to all who participated.
P.S. Special good wishes to John Apodaca, who couldn't make it at
the last minute as he had a family emergency - Know we are thinking
"Making a difference through swing dancing"
RUSTY & GANG PRESENT
LINDY HOP & TAP TO SCHOOL KIDS
FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER
For years I have been dreaming about how to bring Lindy Hop and Tap Dance into the public schools... how to let kids know that dancing does make a difference... that dance can help make the world a better place.
Two weeks ago, I was asked to come to Lynwood Middle School with such a program for Black History Month. About 50 hours later (!!), I had my program worked out and then...
Last week, we did four assemblies for a total of 2,000 11-14 year old kids. The theme was to show how entertainers significantly helped break down the color line, just as did people like Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks.
We showed clips of the Nicholas Brothers, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Shirley Temple & Bill Robinson (the first integrated dance duo in films - 1935!), and the Benny Goodman Quartet (first major integrated band -- 1935!).
We pointed out that entertainers started integrating 37 years before baseball, and 58 years before laws like the Fair Housing Act.
In addition to showing the clips and giving historic information, we also performed Tap, Shim Sham, and Lindy Hop.
AND... we got four kids up front each assembly and put them in 1940's clothes and showed them a dance routine.
The kids just LOVED the clips and our dancing. And they learned in the process -- that dancing can make a difference in this world.
PERHAPS YOU KNOW A SCHOOL THAT WOULD LIKE THIS PROGRAM?
Ryan Jackson, Jeremy Norman, Rusty Frank, & Mo Jones with a VERY HAPPY Vice Principal of Lynnwood Middle School (second from right)
If you know of any school that may be interested in this program, have them contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 310 606 5606. The program was designed especially for Black History Month but could be used throughout the year.
You can send them to my website where I now have a page under "News & Events" called "Black History Month Program" -- click HERE to see it.
I have a pretty wonderful sampling of the program up, too, on that page. Here 'tis if you have an extra 4-minutes:
"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER"
what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian,
Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the
Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer
or swing music enthusiast). Basically, we swing like a gate!
JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."
THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:
1. Having fun! (Fun)
2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)
1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).
2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.
The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.
"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):